Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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Carrion Death 

A sadistic serial killer has unforeseen complications when pursued by a determined motorcycle cop in a barren desert.


Steven E. de Souza


Steven E. de Souza (screenplay), Steven Dodd (creator)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Kyle MacLachlan ... Earl Raymond Digs
George DelHoyo ... Policeman (as George Deloy)
John Kassir ... Crypt Keeper (voice)


After robbing a bank, the criminal Earl Raymond Digs heads to Mexico driving though the desert. Out of the blue, he notes that a policeman riding a motorcycle is chasing him. Earl shots the officer and his motorcycle hits his car, blowing up both vehicles. Earl decides to walk through the desert to reach Mexico, but the policeman has not died and arrests him. Earl is handcuffed to the officer, but he surprises and kills him. However Earl does not find the key to release the handcuff from his wrist. He decides to cross the desert dragging the corpse. Meanwhile a vulture follows him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

15 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Earl falls off the cliff, his hand is severed at the wrist. A second later, in mid fall, Earl's hand is fully visible. See more »


Earl Raymond Digs: Move bitch.
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Featured in Top 10 Tales from the Crypt (2009) See more »


Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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Weight of Sin
3 November 2016 | by hellraiser7See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite tales from the show. It's just great it's such a simple premise but it works because of that. In a twisted sense this story is sort of similar to the Greek Myth about a man in Hell condemned for all eternity to roll a rock up to hill.

I really like that they make this sort of a modern day western, from the use of the desert location, to the premise of the man on the lame and the cop on his tale. I really like Kyle Mclaklan's performance as Diggs he is just blackly funny as a sadistic creep you love to dislike. He's got some really funny lines and moments, like how he plays off with that mysterious looming vulture.

The vulture in the story is a creepy presence as it constantly is fascinated with Diggs. Death and doom are kinda the theme in this episode as that vulture is obviously a representation of the constant looming presence of death. And of course the antagonists name Diggs, which of course implants irony.

The suspense is interesting as it's somewhat double layered much like where on one hand you don't want Diggs to get away and you know he's going to get it but you don't know how or when but your glad your not him. And on another hand there is that little part of you that kinda want him to get away because of how close he is to salvation if it wasn't for that one huge problem.

I like the use of atmosphere which really creates an isolating and uncomfortable sense of doom. You literally feel the heat, dirt and even feel the weight of the body Diggs literally has to carry and drag throughout his journey which of course is a metaphor for the weight of his own sins. From what he has to go though you have a feeling in your mind that Diggs won't make it, either the desert will kill him or something else somehow will.

I won't say anything more than that but if you remember the Greek myth and of course the title itself is a big clue, then you know what to expect. As an old saying goes, "Let the punishment fit the crime." Rating: 4 stars

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